Love Is In The Air!

Love is in the air at ACET this week! 

ACET Hearts

Today in Ireland we associate Valentine’s Day with customs of purchasing flowers, chocolates, jewellery and the exchange of greeting cards. However these customs have only come into existence in the second half of the 20th Century. February 14th was originally a day in recognition of a third century Roman martyr, Saint Valentine.

 We have asked our students from around the world if Valentine’s Day is celebrated in their country and what traditions they have when celebrating it.

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Out Catalan students tell us that in Catalonia the legend of Sant Jordi is celebrated on the 23rd of April each year. This celebration surpasses Valentine’s Day in Catalonia. A book or a single rose is often exchanged between couples and also friends.

Saint Jordi

Our Omani students say that Valentine’s Day exists in Oman but it is not as commercialised an event as it is in the Western countries.

 Our students from France say that the French Valentine’s customs are similar to those in Ireland.

Our Swiss students have said that Valentines is also a big day on February 14th, but that   a singles day on the 13th February is also on the rise!

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Our Korean students say that while Valentine’s Day takes place on February 14th  there is a different custom in Korea. Women give presents to the men primarily. There are also several other special dates in Korea. For example White Day on March 14th is the day when men  give gifts to women.  Black Day takes place on April 14th. This is day for single people to celebrate!

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Our Brazilians say that in Brazil Valentine’s Day occurs on June 12th . Similar to here it is a commercial event which sees restaurants, florists and hotels offering Valentine’s weekend offers.

In Venezuela , people meet with friends and exchange small gifts quite similar to the Secret Santa custom at Christmas time. This way everybody gets a gift.

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We hope that you enjoy Valentine’s weekend.

Lots of love from the ACET team !!

Valentin'e Heart

Winter chill arrives in Cork

As we are experiencing a particularly cold spell of weather around Ireland this week, we asked our students how they are adjusting to the Irish weather.

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Our Swiss students have no fear of the cold weather! Here they are seen enjoying the snow.

 Andrea  Hernandez Arzola – Venezuela

“I think that everyone expects that there will be constant rain in Ireland. However when you actually arrive here, you are pleasantly surprised. You can see the sun, mist, rain and blue sky all in one day in Ireland.  I remember looking out the window at the snowfall and thinking how beautiful it looked, so I took this photo. I saw that the temperature on my phone said 1 degree. I climbed back into bed!”

Andrea Cork City snowfall night

 

 

Lyncoln, Douglas & Gerson – Brazil

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“The air is so fresh, it is amazing.The air is cool unlike the 35 degrees heat at home in Brazil at the moment. We are used to such warm temperatures. This is new for us, but it’s not a problem. When you buy a warm jacket and invest in a pair of gloves then it is all good”.

 

 

Aurelio Bauer – Switzerland

“Cork weather at the moment feels just like home to me! Only, I wish I had my snow board with me to tackle some of the snow covered hills that I see around the edge of the city. I love to snow board in Switzerland.”

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A mid-air shot of Aurelio snowboarding in Samnaun in Switzerland.

Mohammed Al Quasmi – Oman

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“It was a big change when I arrived in Ireland last year. This winter is my second time ever seeing snow. I studied in Ireland last year also so I got my first introduction to snow then. Now in Oman the temperatures are about 23 degrees in the day time and it drops to about 17 degrees in the night time.”

 

  Mercé & Dolors – Spain

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“The weather in Cork now is similar to the temperatures at home in Catalonia right now. In the mornings here, there is frost on the grass and footpath around the house of my host family. We look forward to visiting Blarney Castle at the weekend. We have seen spectacular photos of the castle in the snow.”

Blarney Castle in the snow

 

 

All the ACET team hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

 

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What did our students get up to this week?

 

We asked some of our students what fun things they did in Cork this week.

 

Reto Felix Muehlemann

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“I went to an improvised drama session at the Camden Palace on Tuesday night. It was great fun. It takes place once a month. I’m going to get some more classmates to come to it with me next month.”

The Camden Palace is a community Arts Centre located on Camden Quay in the city centre. For a full list of events you can check their website www.camdenpalacehotel.org or see Facebook.

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Nicolas Tetard & Silvan Achermann 

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“We went to the Céili dancing class last night in Clancy’s. It was brilliant fun. The Irish dancing is crazy! Once you realise that everybody is learning it for the first time and that nobody is looking at you in particular, then you can really get involved in the moves. We are going to go every week!”

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Irish Céili dance classes take place every Tuesday night at 8pm in Clancy’s Bar on Marlboro St.

For more information on Irish Céili dance classes check out their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CeilibytheLee

 

 

Julie Jacquelin & Julie De Corte

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“We stayed late at school on Monday evening and hung out playing board games! It was simple fun!”

 

 

Anna Delia Rodríguez

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“I’ve signed up for a Knitting Club that starts this evening at the wool shop close by the school. It is a good way of meeting people and taking part in a creative activity.”

 The group meets at Vibes and Scribes on Maccurtain Street on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-12:30 and on Thursday evenings from 5-7pm. It is free to join. They say to simply bring your knitting or crochet and good conversation! 

Check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vibesandscribesartscrafts

 

 Have a wonderful weekend from all the team at ACET!

 

Happy New Year!

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Out with the old, in with the new, may you be happy the whole year through.

Happy New Year!

Questions & Answers with……

Mohammed Said Hamed Al Rawahi

MohammedWhat age are you?

19

Where are you from?

Oman.

What do you hope to study when you have completed your English studies?

Next year I hope to study civil engineering at the University of Warsaw in Poland.

What do you enjoy most about ACET?

I like meeting students from different parts of the world.

Was it a daunting experience when you arrived in Ireland first?

No. It was an exciting experience.

Do you enjoy living in Cork city?

Yes. I think that people in Cork are much friendlier than in Dublin. People here in Cork say hello to each other on the streets, even if they don’t know you. I also prefer the nightlife here.

Do you enjoy Irish food?

I love an Irish Breakfast!

Do you miss your family and friends at home in Oman?

Yes of course. But I communicate with them a lot online and by phone.